In northern BC there is high demand from industry for Civil Engineering Technologists! Start your career in one of the fastest growing sectors of the tech industry in the first engineering technologist program in B.C. to offered north of Kamloops. Civil Engineering Technologists are an essential member of the engineering team who enjoy a diverse role, splitting their time between office and field work in urban, rural, and remote settings.

What You Will Learn

In the 2-year Civil Engineering Technology diploma program, students will learn relevant theoretical and practical knowledge to support their work within the broad field of Civil Engineering. Courses will be delivered with components of face-to-face classroom instruction, computer-aided design and modelling, field surveying, and experimental laboratory testing. Students will develop an understanding of the engineering principles used to perform structural, hydraulic, municipal, transportation, and construction materials design. Effective technical communication and project management skills will be emphasized throughout the program. Students can expect to spend an average of 31 hours per week in class and labs, with additional time spent studying, completing assignments, and doing research. CNC’s Civil Engineering Technology program explores the effects of northern, rural, and remote environments on Civil Engineering projects, with consideration of Indigenous perspectives.


Civil Engineering Technology graduates will be qualified for careers in government departments, consulting firms and construction companies in positions such as designers, estimators, testers, surveyors, inspectors, supervisors, technical writers, and project managers. In northern BC, there is high demand from industry for Civil Engineering Technologists. Additionally, graduates may continue their education and complete a bridging program that leads to a university degree in engineering.


Higher salaries than the average wage in BC
Engineering and tech-related careers are the stable, well-paying jobs of the 21st century.
Study Local
With one of the first engineering technology programs in Northern BC
Use applied theory, leading-edge technology, and hands-on learning in CNC's brand-new lab!
Enjoy variety
In a diverse and multi-faceted career
You will be part of the planning, designing, surveying, and managing of a wide range of engineering projects in the field and from the office.

Engineering Technology vs. Engineering

  Technologist Engineer 

Knowledge Breadth


The breadth of technical knowledge is similar, but technicians have less depth of knowledge. Technologists


Engineers have two additional years of school to develop a more complete understanding of technical subjects. Engineers need more advanced math skills.

Practical Knowledge


Technologists work more in an applied role.


Engineers rely on theory to design.



Technologists should work ethically and attempt to
make informed design decisions.


The ultimate responsibility of the project is the realm of
the engineer.

Supervision Received


Technologists are supervised by engineers and management


Engineers work with minimal technical guidance, though
they will receive business guidance from management.


Slightly Less

Median = $76,000

Slightly More

Median = $88,000

Locations of Employment


Technologists and engineers work together as a team.


Technologists and engineers work together as a team.

Years of Post Secondary Education


2 years


4 to 5 years


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